Wayne Hardman

Learning for Work award | Sponsored by NOCN


Learning for Work Award

Wayne found himself out of work and struggling to provide for his family as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Everything changed with a career switch into rail with National Infrastructure Solutions, and Wayne now looks forward to training other newcomers to the industry.

“When I was given the chance to train with National Infrastructure Solutions (NIS), I knew I had to give it my 110%. A career in rail seemed to offer longer-term job security than my previous work as a self-employed painter and decorator.

“I started with a six-week Civils course and was surprised to receive a phone call from NIS offering me a job as a Site Coordinator – they had been impressed with my maths and my tenacity. Over the next year, I enrolled on over 10 different courses alongside my on-the-job learning. These included upskilling courses in construction, and qualifications in first aid, mental health, safeguarding and environmental management.

“It’s turned out better than I ever expected. NIS is willing not only to support me through specialist rail training but also invest in a teaching qualification. This has all given me a huge boost and I am really excited about my progression to trainer.

“Now I can see a longer-term career here, it’s brought my old personality back to life – I love talking to people, sharing ideas and helping people. Restarting your working life is no small matter, and I’m looking forward to showing my learners what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.”

Matthew Wright, Group Operations Director at National Infrastructure Solutions, said: “Wayne learned quickly, soaking up the knowledge and expertise of tutors and fellow colleagues to seamlessly become the ‘go to’ person if you had issues. We are confident that he’ll inspire future students, and that his infectious desire to achieve will rub off on other members of our team.”